Monday, November 30, 2015

Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon

Recanati Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Galilee, Israel

Recanati is an Israeli wine label with deep Italian roots. The family had a long history of wine-making in Italy prior to settling in the region in the 1930s. in 2000, Lenny Recanati revived the family business and opened Recanati in Israel's Hefer Valley.

Review: The Cabernet is a rich ruby color. It has intense aromas black currant, plum, bittersweet cocoa, and a hint of mint. It's a dry wine with a medium body, soft tannin, and flavors of  rich black fruit and sweet toasty oak.

I'm pretty pleased with this Cab. It certainly doesn't have the big power of a California Cab or Bordeaux, but it does have a lovely approachable softness. I particularly like the integration in this wine, where the fruit and oak play so nicely together.

Food Pairing: Lightly minted lamb sliders to play off of the hint of mint in the wine. And the relatively low tannins will allow you to spice it up with a bit of harissa.

Bottom Line: A wine with some complexity, but still an approachable simple quality. Solid in my book.


Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2014
  • PLACE: Galilee, Israel
  • GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • BOOZE: 14%
  • AGEING: 5 months in French Oak
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2017

Where did I get it? Planet Wine
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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